Camping at an event
If you’re travelling to your first event, it’s worth taking time to think about the sleeping and catering arrangements.
The good news is that you’ll have a free of charge weekend of camping, possibly in the grounds of an historic building or somewhere in the depths of the countryside.
Usually, there will be what’s known as the ‘plastic camp site’. It’s described in this way in order to distinguish it from the authentic camp site.
The site will usually be in a moderately convenient field. It can vary from a farmer’s field that has been mown to a local playing field. Whoever is organising the event will usually try to make sure it’s reasonably flat.
If you’re camping you’ll need to bring a tent, sleeping bag and whatever food and drink you’re going to need along with some sort of stove and cooking equipment. Lunch will usually be provided on each day of the event itself, but you’ll usually have to provide your own breakfast and evening meal. The warning order that you’ll get ahead of the event will tell you how far it is to the nearest supermarket so it’s worth taking a look to see whether you’ll be able to buy food and so on near to the camp site.
Having said that, there might be a themed party in the evening but if this is happening, you’ll be told about it and be asked to bring something to contribute to the party.
Sometimes there is a beer tent where everybody gathers in the evening. In some venues, we can have camp fires in the evening. However, even if that’s going to be possible, it’s worth making sure you’ve got warm clothes for sitting around and chatting – it can get surprisingly chilly late in the evening, even in mid-summer. You might want to bring a camping chair to sit on as well, unless you prefer to sit on the ground.
There will be a water stand-pipe but it’s unusual to have washing facilities provided. Toilets are usually of the chemical variety and although they’re provided with loo rolls, these sometimes run out so it’s worth bringing your own. Remember a torch, too: finding your way to the loos in the middle of the night somewhere way out in the country can be tricky because it gets very dark on moonless nights.
If you’re in a caravan, bear in mind that you’re unlikely to have an electricity hook-up.
Whether you’re camping or caravanning, it’s a very sociable way to spend the weekend and it provides a great way to get to know the other members.
Suggested (very basic) checklist for camping.
- Guy ropes
- Camp bed of some sort
- Sleeping bag
- Loo roll
- Stove (with spare gas cylinder)
- Cooking utensils
- Cups, plates (plastic for preference)
- Water carrier
- Bowl (for washing and washing up)
- Warm clothes and/or rug for evening socials
- Camping chair